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Brickell-brac, Whangārei Art Museum installation view.
Brickell-brac in progress.
24 Sep 2022 to 2 Jan 2023
10am - 4pm from 24 September 2022 - 2 January 2023
Artists Karl Fritsch, Laurie Steer and friends have created a site-specific response to, and celebration of, the work of legendary ceramicist, writer and conservationist Barry Brickell.
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Whangārei Art Museum
91 Dent Street


Brickell-brac is inspired by the collaborative, egalitarian creative environment cultivated by Brickell at his Driving Creek studio, which became a mecca for the New Zealand ceramics community from 1974 onwards.
For this exhibition, one ton of clay has been shipped from Driving Creek in Coromandel to Whangārei, where Karl, Laurie and a revolving cast of invited collaborators have used it as the foundation of a process-oriented exhibition of unfired work. In keeping with the spirit of autonomy and practicality that Brickell fostered in his life and work, the furniture, plinths and shelves for the exhibition are constructed using recycled materials from the gallery’s storage warehouse.

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Whangārei Art Museum

27 Sep 2022

Whangārei Art Museum is Northland's public art gallery, and the custodian of Whangārei city’s outstanding art collection. We host touring and internally curated exhibitions, and showcase artistic excellence in creative art practice throughout Northland, New Zealand and beyond.